January 26, 2018
India celebrates the 69th anniversary of the day the country got its Constitution today. Republic Day celebrations are usually a grand affair, but this time they particularly stand out with the Narendra Modi government inviting all 10 leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as chief guests.
President Ram Nath Kovind, in his first Republic Day eve speech, talked about how India “truly achieved the ethic of equality among all citizens, irrespective of religion, region or community” when the nation framed and adopted the Constitution.
Here are the latest updates:
10:25 AM: The Brahmos Missile System of 881 Missile Regiment displayed during the parade. It is the only Super Sonic Cruise Missile presently available in the world.
10:14 AM: The Indo-Tibetan Border Police force somewhere in the Himalayas in minus 30 degrees at 18,000 feet.
10:05 AM: Indian Air Force commando Corporal Jyoti Prakash Nirala, whose actions led to the killing of six dreaded terrorists in Kashmir last November, posthumously awarded the Ashok Chakra at the Republic Day Parade.
FYI: Ashok Chandra is India’s highest peacetime military decoration.
10:00 AM: President Kovind unfurls the national flag.
09:57 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi receives President Kovind. This is President Kovind’s first Republic Day as supreme commander. He was escorted by 46 body guards.
09:55 AM: ASEAN leaders arrive for the Republic Day parade.
09:46 AM: On the occasion of the 69th Republic Day, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman hoisting the national flag at her residence.
09:35 AM: PM Narendra Modi and the three Service Chiefs pay tribute at Amar Jawan Jyoti.
09:26 AM: Defence Minsiter Nirmala Sitharaman, MoS Dr. Subhash Bhamre, and Chiefs of the Armed Forces await the arrival of PM @narendramodi at Amar Jawan Jyoti.
09:14 AM: To watch the Republic Day parade.
09:04 AM: The Indian security forces have traditionally offered sweets to the Pakistani soldiers on Republic Day, however the BSF will not do the same this year.
09:03 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets the nation on 69th Republic Day.